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David Beckham stars as the first ever male cover of Elle UK magazine

Monthly Women’s magazine Elle UK's latest issue went on sale yesterday with its first ever male cover, David Beckham.

To celebrate, Elle UK have released a three minute video of David Beckham which features an exclusive behind the scenes interview, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Beckham hopes to lead out Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics in July, and spoke to Elle about adding a daughter to his brood, what fame means to him and sharing a work/life balance with Victoria.

Elle have also produced two special newsstand covers including a rare collector’s cover to emphasise this special issue.

The pictures featured include Beckham toned, tattooed and shirtless, while others are more reflective and even include Beckham grinning impishly at the camera.

Elle hope to release the full 10 minute behind the scenes video on www.elleuk.com in the coming days.

Interview highlights include:

On not being interested in fame

“I never thought about the money, the fame. It never interested me, and it doesn’t interest me now. None of that has ever excited me. . . .”

On describing himself

“How would I sum myself up? I don’t know, I prefer other people to do that. Erm...a little bit shy. I don’t know what to say. I hate describing myself.”

On having a daughter (Harper)

“It’s great. I love to bite her legs, or shoulders. It’s how a baby should be. She’s so beautiful. There’s no more love for a daughter than there is a son, but it’s just different. When they (boys) are kids you can roll them around and they fall to the sides and they pick themselves up and they’re fine. Whereas Harper, now, she hits herself just slightly and she cries.... I still think ‘Oh God, I can’t believe this, I’ve got a girl.” And to see the boys with her is incredible. When they walk into the room, her little face lights up.”

On attending Victoria’s A/W 2012 presentation in New York

“I think it was always important for Victoria to do her own thing. She doesn’t run on a field with me and I don’t want to get in the way of her. But I was honoured to be there this time, because there was a lot of pressure this particular season, just because she’d been having the baby and people were saying 'Maybe this season won’t be so good'... but it was unbelievable.”

On talking work with Victoria

“She comes home and shows me what she’s been doing all day and what exciting dresses and bags she’s got coming through. And then I say something boring like ‘I got kicked today.’ But we listen to each other. We try to go out at least once a week, just the two of us, a quiet dinner somewhere. It’s not about wearing a nice dress or a nice suit. It’s just going out and chatting and having some time together.”

By Claire Needham

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